|Dorothy and Toto by W. W. Denslow, 1900|
|Betsy by John R. Neill, 1914|
|Hank by John R. Neill, 1914|
In the 1909 version of the stage script Betsy’s last name is Baker, but when the show reached the stage in 1913, she had attained her official last name of Bobbin—perhaps because she enters the story bobbin’ upon the waves.
It’s easy to see that Betsy is actually Dorothy in a different guise. But how in the world did Toto the dog become Hank the Mule? To understand the answer, you’ll need a little history.
|Betsy and Hank, 1913|
|Imogene, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy on Broadway, 1903|
So that’s how a dog became a mule. There was an intermediate step in between—a pet cow named Imogene.